Small Sailors squad heads to Moffat County meet
Steamboat Springs — Although the Clint Wells Invitational in Moffat County today will draw some of the top teams from around the region, it comes at an awkward time for the Steamboat Springs track and field team.
With the Sailors wrapping up the final day of spring break today, they’ll be at a disadvantage in the state pre-qualifying meet.
Sailors throwing coach Mike Hill said he anticipates Steamboat will bring about 12 athletes to today’s meet.
While Hill said the late spring break can create some obstacles, it also poses some positives for the team.
“The thing that’s good about it, is it’s the last meet where we can have a lot of entries,” Hill said. “For some of the freshman and sophomores, this will be their last meet of the year.”
Both Sailors who have pre-qualified – Westin Cofer in the discus and Matt Hill in the 1,600-meter run – won’t attend the meet because of prior vacation plans.
Coach Hill said the break could be a good thing for the Sailors considering it would give the athletes a week to recover before they approach the final three meets of the year.
Steamboat’s next meet takes place on May 4 and 5 at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction. The two-day event should be especially beneficial for the distance runners and jumpers, Hill said.
Since it’s a two-day meet, Hill said distance runners and jumpers can focus on one event a day instead of multiple events each day.
“The main thing for us is last minute fine tuning,” Hill said. “If they’re not ready by now, they probably won’t be ready. We’re just fine-tuning and improving the times and distances. It’s putting the whole thing together now.”
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